In doing lawn maintenance, most homeowners use products that may risk the health of humans and animals, degrade the soil, and pollute the drinking water.
Organic lawn care is easier and cheaper than you think. It is possible to have a healthy, green, and lush lawn without spending more money or harming the environment. And it is safe for pets and children.
Check out these home maintenance yard tips that will help your lawn blossom without relying on toxic chemicals.
- Mix Your Own Safe Weed Killer
You will not believe how easy it is to make your own weed-killer that is safe for everyone and pets. All you need to do is boil water and pour it on the weeds. That’s it! If you do this, remember to keep children and pets away from the pot holding the boiling water and the lawn area where you pour it. Another option is to buy pure vinegar and spray it on the weeds.
- Use Compost and Organic Lawn Fertilizer
Balanced and natural organic fertilizer is slow-acting and rarely damages the lawn. For the best results, apply organic fertilizer once or twice a year and use the amount you need, no more. The fertilizer should have instructions indicating how much to use. Yes, even too much natural fertilizer can spoil the lawn.
The next thing to add is the lawn’s miracle drug, which is compost. You can make your own compost bin or buy it at the store. Every spring, spread approximately one-fourth of an inch of compost across your lawn.
- Ventilate the Lawn
Ventilation makes it possible for the lawn soil breathe and help it flourish. All you do is poke holes in the soil. The ideal time to aerate the yard is during the growing season, which is in the spring for homes in Dripping Springs. You can aerate your yard with a spike aerator that works like a fork and pokes multiple holes.
A second option is a plug aerator, which removes a core or plug of grass and soil from the lawn. You can rent an aerating machine from a home improvement or lawn and garden store. The plug option works better than the spike aerator. A spike aerator can potentially cause compaction around the holes.
- Cut the Lawn the Right Length
When it comes to grass length, you want to err on the taller side not shorter. Tall grass is healthier and grows longer roots. This allows them to access more water and nutrients. They also shade out weeds. Shoot for grass that is at least three inches tall.
Another important factor is to use the right grass. When you look for new homes in Dripping Springs in the Caliterra community, you can expect your home to come with the right grass. The community’s builders have experience in building homes in Kyle and the surrounding area west of Austin. They know the soil and how the weather affects it. This aids in their creating easy to maintain landscaping that families love.